A spacecraft of the POT “I touch the Sun for the first time in history, after flying through the upper atmosphere (the corona) and taking samples of particles and magnetic fields in that place, the US space agency reported on Tuesday.
According to information from the EFE agency, this is the first time that a ship has entered the outer borders of the sun, where the probe Parker Solar Probe stayed for five hours.
“That the probe has touched the sun is a culmination for solar science and an extraordinary feat,” said in a statement the associate administrator of the scientific mission board of the aerospace agency. Thomas zurbuchen.
NASA wants to know more about the Sun
For the scientist, this achievement will allow researchers to better understand the evolution of the sun king and its impacts on the solar system, in addition to being able to extrapolate all the new knowledge obtained to the stars of the rest of the universe.
In mid-July, data collected by the Parker Solar Probe allowed scientists to make the first definitive measurements of our star’s electric field. The probe was launched in 2018 in the direction of the Sun.
A study published at the time offered details of its interaction with the solar wind, which is a continuous flow of energetic particles emitted by the solar corona and that can affect activities on Earth, from satellites to telecommunications.
How do solar winds arise?
The electric field of the sun arises from the interaction that is generated between protons and electrons when hydrogen atoms are detached due to the intense heat of fusion in the depths of the star.
In this environment, electrons, with a mass 1,800 times less than that of protons, shoot outwards, being less limited by gravity than protons, but these, with their positive charge, manage to stop some electrons.
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